Friday, 19 December 2014

Local Government settlement. Tory home counties can given funding boost (despite austerity), Labour areaas get walloped (again!)

Of the 19 councils with the max 6.4% cut in spending power. 6 are in the NW - Barrow, Burnley, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle and Preston whilst Surrey gets an increase of +3.1% and Buckinghamshire +2.4%

For the provisional allocation the 2015/16 year, only three local authorities (the Isles of Scilly, Oadby and Wigston, Purbeck) get less than Hyndburn.

For the total cumulative allocation, including the provisional payments, only two local authorities (the Isles of Scilly, Oadby and Wigston) get less than Hyndburn.

The Isles of Scilly can probably be discounted from the comparison anyway as it’s uniquely small.

We shouldn't be surprised. The Tories want Britain to return to 1930's. 5 more years of porridge, a rising debt and huge deficit. All to be paid for by the poor and north so a double whammy for Hyndburn. Cameron, Osborne are just two posh boys who've never had any sense of consequence or reality I genuinely don't think they understand or care about areas like Hyndburn. The train less train line to Manchester speaks volumes.

Hilary Benn: Instead of a fairer settlement the Government has hit the communities with the most need the hardest

Please see below and a link to a press release from Hilary Benn Hilary Benn in response to the Local Government Finance settlement:

“Ministers have been criticised by the National Audit Office, among others, for having little understanding of the impact on frontline services of their decisions and they are failing to devolve power so that public money is most effectively spent.

“Instead of a fairer settlement the Government has hit the communities with the most need the hardest, and instead of giving councils the long-term budgets and freedoms they need to make real long-term sustainable savings the libraries that enrich our children’s education, the social care for our elderly to keep them healthy and out of hospital and the everyday council services like bin collections and street cleaning are bearing the brunt.

“Today was a chance to address the charge of complacency but it is now clear that the government doesn’t have a plan for the future of local services. Labour would encourage further sharing of services to protect the frontline and keep the services residents rely on.”